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December 14, 2012
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Two accused of shooting freed

BARBARA GAYLE, Star Writer

Two men accused of shooting a man in the chest then robbing him of $100,000 were freed after the judge said she did not believe the version given by the complainant.

They are Rohan Robinson, 28, and 26-year-old Horace Donalds, both salesmen, from Kingston 11.

The complainant who is now crippled from the chest down because of the gunshot injury, testified at the trial that he knew the accused men before he was shot.

He said about 5.30 p.m. on October 12, last year, he was visiting a friend in the Kingston 11 area. He said he had $100,000 in his possession to buy items for a birthday party. He said the two accused pounced upon him. He said Robinson shot him in the chest and when he fell, Donalds robbed him of the money.

He was admitted to hospital for one month, and after he was released, he pointed out the men at an identification parade.

The complainant denied suggestions from defence lawyers Peter Champagnie and Floyd Green that the money he had was to purchase a firearm. He admitted that he was involved in the cash-for-gold trade. He denied the suggestion that he tried to extort money from the accused men.

The two accused denied committing the offences and called witnesses to support their alibi that they were not in the area on the day of the incident.

Justice Kay Beckford, in freeing the men, said although she did not accept the defence witnesses as witnesses of truth, she did not accept the version given by the complainant.

The men were freed of charges of illegal possession of firearm, wounding with intent and robbery with aggravation.

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